Authorities were looking for a suspect after four people were found dead in an apparent marijuana plant in Oklahoma, authorities said Monday.
The victims, who were not identified, were discovered after representatives from the Kingfisher County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a hostage situation, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation said in a statement.
The statement did not identify a potential suspect or the victims, nor did it include any additional information about the hostage situation or how the four were killed.
A fifth person was injured in the incident, reported NBC subsidiary KFOR from Oklahoma City. Her condition wasn’t immediately available.
On Monday, armed agents could be seen searching building after building on the property as a drone and helicopter flew overhead, KFOR reported.
It was assumed that the 10-acre property where the killings took place was a marijuana farm, according to the station, citing Captain Stan Florence of the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation.
Medical marijuana was legalized in the state in 2018, and investigators said they found the farm’s growing license, the station reported. According to KFOR, it is not clear whether it is valid.
It wasn’t immediately clear who owns the land or who runs the apparent business. An entry on a commercial property page published earlier this year describes the property as “operating growth,” with 5,000 square feet of acreage.
The property is listed for $999,999. The broker that handled the sale did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
A neighbor, Brandon Walker, said the land used to be owned by a dairy farm, but that business has been bought and resold by an investment company at auction in recent years.
The new owners, whom he didn’t know personally, turned it into a marijuana plant and built dozens of “hoop houses,” or temporary greenhouses, as well as a panel fence surrounding the property, he said.
According to the real estate list, there are 50 such cultivated areas and a small dairy barn, which has also been converted into a growing room.
Walker, 42, runs a spray foam insulation store and stopped by the property about two years ago after a contractor asked him to do insulation work on the farm. In the end, he said, he didn’t do the job, but while he was there, he realized that in addition to the hoop houses, there were dozens of people who were apparently workers.